Friday, July 26, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

PimpBot 5000: PimpBot is the robot pimp on the old Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Conan described him, “as combining the classic sensibilities of a 1950's robot with the dynamic flair of a 1970's street pimp”. PimpBot once mixed it up with Jonathan Harris who played Dr. Zachary Smith on Lost in Space.  No word on its plans for world or galactic domination. 

(Image courtesy of YouTube)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pacific Rim -- Movie Review

So, I saw Pacific Rim this week.  It is very tough to avoid spoilers in this day and age, but I avoided all trailers, previews, reviews, and almost had to give up Twitter and RSS until I could see the movie.

For those that know me, this should be a movie for me.  I LOVE giant monster movies.  I have been a Godzilla fan since I was a kid, and I have seen a large array of kaiju movies.  I even see the terrible ones.  Yes I have seen the non-Godzilla Rolland Emerich thing.  I have even seen Pulgasari -- the movie Kim Jong-Il had made by kidnapping a South Korean filmmaker.  I have seen Garuda a Thai kaiju movie. I could go on and on.

To make a good giant monster movie, you need to follow a few simple rules.

  1. You need a reason for the monsters to exist and attack.
  2. If giant things fight, a definite "Good vs Evil" must be established.
  3. Fighting and destruction (particularly with CGI effects) should just be a minor part of the movie.
So, what does all of this have to do with Pacific Rim?  Well, it gets all of these right.  At no point was I like -- enough with the CGI fighting -- it is 2013 we're not impressed with it anymore.  It fit.  It worked.  You know what we are fighting and why.  You know what is happening.  Guillermo del Toro gets it.  He is a story teller.  He knows how to make a kaiju movie!

My only complaint is one of the complaints I had about Cloverfield.  The monsters are too complicated.  They are very Gamera/Ultraman like -- involved and weird.  They just didn't work for me.  It is my personal belief that kaiju should be simple.  When we are working with giant monsters, we need to be able to get our head around them.  It is difficult if they have so much going on.

This movie is what giant robots vs. giant monsters should be.  It was fantastic!  Now on to another US Godzilla movie -- cross your fingers!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Around the Campfire Comment of the Day

I haven't done one of these in a while, so I thought I would fix that oversite. As you may know, I run another blog called Around the Campfire. It has been around a while, so it regularly gets comment spam. Here is a comment that you simply cannot argue with

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I definitely have bingo for that buddah!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Iguana

The monster roars!  I saw Pacific Rim last night (perhaps a review to come...)  So, we have a mighty iguana today.  I hope you have an excellent Friday!

(Image courtesy of Fine Art America)

They are coming for your pets!

Who would want a live animal when you could have a robot instead?

That is, until that robot bird goes for your jugular during the night.

(Hat tip to Dave Barry)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

W1K1 (aka W.I.K.I. or Wiki): Wiki is the pocket-sized robot that looks like a wind-up toy.  It appears in 1978-81's Jason of Star Command , which is a spin-off from Space Academy.   W1k1 assisted the members of Star Command in their fight against the evil Dragos and his sinister compatriots.  Fighting against galactic domination?  Seems implausible.

(Image courtesy of TV Acres)

Friday, July 12, 2013

T-800 prototype

If the model T-800 was a fully functional terminator, this is probably the T-2 model. (T-5 tops!)

Thanks DARPA! You've doomed us all!

(Hat tip to Gizmodo)

Friday Iguana

Here is a couple of sibling Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas. These two were hatched at the San Diego Zoo. It must be family reunion time! I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

(Image courtesy of Baby Animal Zoo)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Peepo: Ah, the future where a bunch of smart kids in the Wesley Crusher mode can go to Space Academy in 1977-79 television show Space Academy. The future may seem really cool to be a kid until you meet the annoying little robot Peepo. I would sure hope they could invent better a voice-box by the time the year 3732 comes around.

(Image courtesy of TV Acres)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Iguana

For the old red, white, and blue, here is a blue iguana.  (The red iguanas are more orange, and there are no white iguanas)  I hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day!  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Endless Forms...)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Fembots: The Fembots from1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery are the sexy female robots used by Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina to attempt to kill Austin Powers. However, his striptease causes the robots to literally lose their heads before they can employ their breast cannons.

(Image courtesy of the Austin Powers Wiki)